April 4, 2014 Leave a comment
April is Earth Month leading into National Bike Month (May). MSU Sustainability and MSU Bikes have been busy organizing events, some in collaboration with students and other departments on campus, to raise awareness and inspire our campus community. This page brings together everything we’ve got cooking! The Be Spartan Green Happenings page includes some others not listed here.
MSU Energy Bike Tour (Apr. 11)
On Friday, April 11th, Sean Patrick Martin (Environmental Studies and Agriscience junior) will be hosting a bicycle tour around campus that will visit various places that are good examples of Michigan State University’s energy consumption and production. The tour will begin in Brody Complex, pass by the MSU Bikes Service Center, MSU Recycling Center, the power plant, the digester, the Nursing School’s geothermal field and conclude at the MSU Dairy Store.
The goal of this tour is to provide an opportunity to critically think about how MSU is currently using energy, the problems it faces and the potential solutions possible in order to make the campus and community a more sustainable place. The route will be about an easy, enjoyable 8 miles over the course of 2 hours (with stops every 10 minutes or so). Start point: The small amphitheater in Brody Complex south of the cafeteria behind Emmons Hall. Please register for this event here to confirm your attendance so we can get more concrete numbers on who’s going. It takes like 30 seconds, thank you!
Lansing Bike Party Season Opener (Apr. 11)
This weekly social, slow bike ride that’s been starting on the MSU campus since the spring of 2009, is starting up this Friday. We meet up at the Eli Broad Art Museum’s west entrance at 5:30 pm and then roll-off approx. 5:45 pm. From the Facebook event page:
“Bikes, science and culture combine this Friday into a tripleplay of sociability. Come join the fun! First, it’s the MSU Energy Bicycle Tour, an exploration of Green civic projects on campus, from 3-5 (starting amphitheater S of Brody Cafeteria, finish Dairy Store). Then the LBP meets 5:30 in front of the Broad. Then we‘ll ride around town, taking in springtime views of the Rivertrail and neighborhoods (for half-hr to an hour) then visit Project Hazel, an art opening in a huge old converted warehouse on Hazel St — billed as “art/fashion/music/eats,” hours 6-10. After exploring Project Hazel for an hour or so, or whatever we like, we can ride back as a group, or folks can do their own thing.”
Celebrate Biking at 2nd MSU Bike to Work & Campus Breakfast (Apr. 17)
Mark your calendars for Apr. 17, 8 am – 10 am, for our 2nd Annual Bike to Work – Campus Breakfast to honor those that pledge to bicycle to work/ campus on National Bicycle to Work Day (which is May 16th, 2014) and celebrate bicycling as an important part of MSU Sustainability’s Earth Month activities. Join us for a free breakfast in the large private dining room of the Brody Cafeteria. Just give your name and the event name at the register.
4/16 Update: Kemel Dawkins, MSU’s new Vice President for Strategic Infrastructure Planning and Facilities, will be unable to attend our breakfast due to demands on his schedule.
Enjoy free bicycle valet parking provided by Mid-Michigan Environmental Action Council just outside the main entrance to Brody Hall.
There is a limit of 56 people for the room so please RSVP using this form. There is a short survey on the RSVP form which we hope will allow us to have some interesting data to share during the breakfast regarding our attendees and their bike commuting.
We’re lining up speakers now for a panel discussion, raffle prizes and a helmet give-away along with a bike safety trivia game courtesy of our friends at the MSU Council of Students with Disabilities to help reduce brain injury and other bike accidents on campus.
Big MSU Surplus Bike Sale (Apr. 19)
The first big bike sale of 2014 will start Saturday, April 19 from 9:00 am to 2:00 pm with more than 300 used bikes with prices as low as $10 each for as-is bikes up to $225 for the nicer ones that have been refurbished by the skilled mechanics at MSU Bikes which come with 30-day free check-overs. A number of refurbished bikes are currently available for sale at the MSU Bikes Service Center and at the Surplus Store for those who would rather avoid the lines of the big sale.
Donate Your Unused Bikes – Meridian Township Recycling Event (Apr. 26)
Have some bikes hanging in your garage or basement, or old bike parts/ accessories that you’d like to donate to someone who needs a bike? Consider bringing them to the upcoming Meridian Township Recycling Event on April 26 from 9 am – 2 pm at the Chippewa Middle School. Many other items are being collected the same day. Bikes will be collected by MSU Bikes and Share a Bike of E. Lansing.
Greater Lansing Ride of Silence - MSU – E. Lansing (May 21)
When: Wednesday, May 21, 2014 6:00 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Where: Gather at Wells Hall courtyard (east side of Wells Hall) for sign-in, tying on of arm-bands, etc. Ceremony and bag pipe music will accompany us as we roll off at 6:30 p.m. sharp. Bathrooms should be available in Wells Hall.
Time: Gather between 5:15 to 6:05 p.m., roll-off at 6:30 p.m. sharp. Note: We are bumping up the time again this year in order to return home in more light for the safety of our participants.
Route / Destination: Our destination will once again be the steps of the State Capitol Bldg. Our updated route map is here: http://www.gmap-pedometer.com/?r=5851132
“The 2014 Greater Lansing Ride of Silence will take place Wednesday, May 21, at 5:30 pm on the Michigan State University campus. Area cyclists will take to the streets in a silent procession to honor those cyclists who have been killed or injured while cycling on public roadways.